每日英語跟讀 Ep.837: About EU - The EU’s new center point after Brexit：a field in Bavaria
Now that the European Union includes one less country, its geographical center has shifted to the southeast — landing in a nondescript field in Bavaria：Gadheim, a village of 80 people near the German city of Wuerzburg.
The honor of being the center of Europe stems from calculations by France’s national cartographic institute, IGN, which places the point at 9 degrees, 54 minutes, 7 seconds east and 49 degrees, 50 minutes, 35 seconds north.
Gadheim takes over from a spot in another northern Bavarian municipality, Westerngrund, which is 56 kilometers to the northwest.
Goetz said he first heard of IGN’s calculation on a local radio station in March 2017. "At first, I thought it was an April fool’s joke, an early one. But it turned out very quickly that it was really the case,’’ he said.
Cats to be put on leashes to protect wildlife? EU says No 給貓咪繫上繩子保護野生動物？歐盟說不
Put domestic cats on a leash to better protect threatened birds and the environment? The European Union says that would deny mankind’s furry friend its unalienable right to roam.
The EU’s executive said that it is ``a strong defender of free movement rights _ including of cats’’ and ``categorically’’ denied it would ever force cats to be kept indoors or on a leash, as one scientific study suggests.
Tilburg University scientists wrote in Oxford’s Journal of Environmental Law that free-ranging domestic cats ``impact biodiversity through predation, disturbance, competition, disease and hybridization,’’ and added that the predatory impact is worse than often assumed.
They argued that EU laws and directives could effectively force owners to keep them indoors or on a leash outdoors.
Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1366071 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1349838